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Blog commentRandom Blowe 20 Dec 16
Films of the Year 2016
We are drawing closer to the end of 2016, one of the worst years in living memory: the year of Trumpian fascism, Europe-wide xenophobia and the deaths of so many inspirational figures in music and cinema.
Blog commentRandom Blowe 1 Jan 16
A Year in Film 2015
As 2015 draws to a close, I’m back for an increasingly rare update to this blog and, in keeping with the previous 12 years, to review the films I’ve seen over the last twelve months.
Blog commentRandom Blowe 25 Sep 15
The Clapton Ultras v Strike!
This article appears in the current edition of Strike! A football club where minorities not only feel welcome, but get involved, can never really be a bad thing, no matter how much gushing, middle-class wankery gets written about them.
Random Blowe 18 Jul 15
There were extraordinary scenes at East Ham Labour Party last Thursday evening, as a veritable chorus line of the usual party loyalists stepped up to support Newham councillor Unmesh Desai (right), Cabinet Member for Crime and Anti Social Behaviour.
Random Blowe 30 Jan 15
Public accountability proceeds, it seems, at its own solemn pace.
Blog commentRandom Blowe 31 Dec 14
A Year in Film 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, it is time once again, in keeping with the previous eleven years, to review the films I’ve seen over the last twelve months.
Blog commentRandom Blowe 24 May 14
The local elections In Newham are over and the result, once again, is No Overall Surprise: Sir Robin Wales is back as Mayor after 12 years in power and every councillor is still a Labour representative.
Blog commentRandom Blowe 23 Apr 14
Whatever Happened to the ‘Newham Revolution’?
At a local event last week, I found myself making small talk with one of Newham Labour’s candidates for councillor positions at this May’s elections.
Random Blowe 18 Apr 14
Yesterday I joined the Director of Newham Monitoring Project , Estelle du Boulay, on local community radio station NuSound Radio 92FM , which is based at Durning Hall in Forest Gate, to discuss policing in Newham.
Random Blowe 21 Mar 14
Yesterday, Forest Gate based amateur football club Clapton FC posted a statement from its chief executive Vince McBean on its website saying that “over the last 48 hours” it had “received several emails from individuals stating their concerns …
Random Blowe 13 Feb 14
This is an interview I gave today to Pete Day of east London community radio station NuSound 92FM, on the recent release of my ‘domestic extremist’ police surveillance file.
Random Blowe 5 Feb 14
This article first appeared on the Network for Police Monitoring website After reports in June last year that Newham Monitoring Project, the east London community group I’ve been part of for over 20 years, was spied on during the 1990s by undercover …
BlogRandom Blowe 31 Dec 13
A Year in Film 2013
The close of 2013 approaches and, in keeping with previous years, it is time to review the films I’ve seen over the last twelve months.